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The mediocre NL Central is keeping things interesting and despite being a game under .500, the Pirates could be playing meaningful baseball for the next five to six weeks.
After losing eight of 10, the Pirates have countered that by winning five of six and currently on a three game winning as the four game interleague series with the Tigers shifts to Detroit for two games.
The Cubs just a week ago looking like they were primed to begin their ascend of start running away from the division, have hit a road block and lost five of seven.
The Cardinals meanwhile have won four straight and now trail the division by just 2.5 games.
NL CENTRAL STANDINGS
1. Chicago Cubs 59-53
2. Milwaukee Brewers 59-56
3. St. Louis Cardinals 57-56
4. Pittsburgh Pirates 56-57
5. Cincinnati Reds 46-67
— The Pirates requiring Sean Rodriquez caught many by surprise because he’s owed $6.5 million in 2018 and with the Pirates there’s the always what does this acquisition mean for next year with the payroll.
Having three versatile players in Rodriguez, Josh Harrison and David Freese combine for $20.75 million in actual cash next season might not look ideal for how the Pirates operate but if the Pirates get Jung Ho Kang back, having Freese and Rodriguez are two of your primary bench players is a good situation to have and both are very well liked in the room.
Strictly for 2017, Rodriguez adds immediate value because he’s an upgrade over Max Moroff, he’s more versatile, and even if he doesn’t hit well over the rest of the season, he greatly improves the defense. The acquisition, though, loses value for next season if adding Rodriguez salary means the Pirates Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"